Four nurses honored with Nightingale Award

Four Milford Hospital nurses were selected to be recipients of the 2015 Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing.
Cristina Ayala, Gemma DeGuzman, Melissa Hinckley and Stacy Plaskowitz were honored for their professional achievements at an awards dinner and program held at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven on May 6.
Each of the honorees was nominated by their peers. Criteria for the award is demonstrated clinical excellence and having “gone above and beyond the call” in their daily professional duties.
“We are very proud to recognize the accomplishments of these nurses,” said Joseph Pelaccia, president/CEO of Milford Hospital. “Each of the awardees is extremely dedicated to the care of our patients and advancing the nursing profession. It is a well-deserved recognition for our outstanding Milford Hospital nurses.”
During her seven years at Milford Hospital, Ayala has demonstrated a true compassion for her patients, hospital officials said: She remains positive and calm despite any circumstances that may arise.
DeGuzman, has vast clinical knowledge and experience as a medical surgical nurse. Currently, caring for joint replacement patients, she has been at Milford Hospital since 2003.
Hinckley serves in the Milford Hospital Emergency Department.  Even during the most stressful of situations, she demonstrates the ability to function in a charge nurse role and offers support and assistance to her peers, officials said.
Plaskowitz is recognized by her colleagues for her dedication to the nursing profession and her caring and giving approach to her patients and her peers. “She willingly accepts any assignment and, often, goes above and beyond in working overtime or volunteering to accompany patients during transfer situations,” according to a press release about the awards.